28.3.13

Senegal (6) - Joal - Fadiouth

After the cruise on the Senegal River, a bus drive back to Saint Louis…

… and the following day a long car drive down to Joal.


Joal is a little coast town on the mainland…





…  and is connected with a footbridge to the little island Fadiouth. No cars here, everything is calm, clean. The island is more or less artificial, completely built up by sea shells which crack under your feet. There is a Christian domination, but as usual in Senegal, Muslims and Christians live peacefully together…  as well as the goats and the pigs. Assisting to a mass at the local church with the wonderful, powerful, singing (so different from what you may hear in a French church) was a real pleasure!  Another proof of the nice co-habitation is the combined Christian and Muslim cemetery on a separate little island. From the cemetery you can admire some millet granaries.







Back on the mainland there is a calm nice beach…




… but when you follow it northwards, you realize that Joal is a leading fishing centre. You will find hundreds of pirogues, fishermen, goats and pigs … and, as usual, smiling kids who want to be photographed. Some pirogues carry people along the coast. The horse carriages are also used to allow embarking with more less dry feet. 






The two young girls were carrying fish on the way home. They didn’t even look on the young men doing their wrestling training.  

10 comments:

Starman said...

Interesting and informative! Great job!

martinealison said...

Je suis certaine que ce beau séjour trouvera sa place dans la boîte à bons souvenirs de votre mémoire.
Très belles photos.
Gros bisous

Thérèse said...

Bel exemple de cohabitation à suivre. Un bien intéressant reportage inhabituel comme on les aime chez toi.

claude said...

Thérèse a raison, c'est un beau et intéressant reportage.
Un coin tranquille loin de brouhaha de la ville.
Qu'est ce qu'il sont baraqués ces Noirs.
Heureusement que dans certains coins de la planète des communautés religieuses s'entendent.
Merci pour toutes ces belles photos.

Cergie said...

The cemetery by the sea...
Toute l'île a été construite sur des coquillages ? D'ailleurs les falaises d'Etretat ou ailleurs sont faites de déjections de crustacés parait-il.
Si je vois bien, c'est un baobab nu, est-il mort ?
Vous êtes donc allés à la messe. Tous les dimanches ?
(Passer son temps sur une chaise longue à regarder les cochonnets ne doit pas être désagréable)

Cergie said...

PS : les chèvres B&W ressemblent à des chèvres lorraines

Cezar and Léia said...

I love these pictures, wonderful, brave, beautiful people there! :)
Léia

Studio at the Farm said...

Wonderful photos, Peter! Fascinating and eclectic! Somehow, looking at the photo, I don't think you'd be very dry after a trip in the horse cart from the pirogue.

ALAIN said...

Un endroit où il est bien difficile d'échapper aux guides locaux !

Vagabonde said...

What a great trip! I wish the rest of the world could get along like they do on this island